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2012 Jean Grivot - Clos de Vougeot

FRANCE / BURGUNDY / VOUGEOT
  • 93 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 47893-2012-750-2B
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    Good bright red. Brilliantly pure aromas of blueberry, blackberry and crushed rock. Dense, sappy and sweet, showing outstanding energy and an almost painful structure to the intense, saline black fruit flavors. A distinctly virile style but the tannins are remarkably refined. Clos Vougeot is a grand cru that has been privileged by climate change, as very few producers today make versions with brutal tannins. Grivot's Clos Vougeot is all the more remarkable for the fact that one of his parcels is poorly placed along the Route Nationale in the northeast corner of the appellation.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2014
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Hints of smoke and mineral ignite the black currant, black cherry and violet flavors in this dense yet pure and elegant red. Stays long and complex on the finish, but needs time for the nuances to emerge. Best from 2019 through 2035. 140 cases imported.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    Tasted blind at the annual |Burgfest| tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru from Etienne Grivot has a fine bouquet with ebullient red cherry and raspberry fruit, plenty of wild strawberry and white pepper notes. It is sophisticated and very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe red fruit laced with soy and Provenal herbs, even a suggestion of fennel, fanning out gently on the finish to complete a very satisfying Clos de Vougeot. No surprise when I discovered the identity of the grower.
    Author: Neal Martin
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  • Burgundy is home to some of the greatest and most expensive wines in the world. Stretching from Auxerre in the north to Lyon in the south, the region's most famous section is the limestone-rich Côte d'Or. Vineyards in Burgundy are classified according to their locations on the hillsides. Only 2% of total production is from grand cru sites, while premier cru and village-level wines are more common. It is rare for one domaine to own an entire vineyard; rather the land has been divided down to individual rows, in some cases as a result of inheritance laws. While other varieties can be found in Burgundy, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reign supreme. The best examples are capable of aging for 15 years or more, a rarity for these two varieties, making them highly valuable. 

    Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.

    Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from Burgundy, where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

    New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

    High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 62 bottles owned
    • 14 collectors